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      Whitman Mayo

      Whitman Mayo

      Highest Rated: 96% Boyz N the Hood (1991)

      Lowest Rated: 18% D.C. Cab (1983)

      Birthday: Nov 15, 1930

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Whitman Mayo had been part of the Harlem-based Lafayette Theatre for years before he received an opportunity to act as Redd Foxx's jittery, oddball best friend Grady Wilson on the hit show "Sanford and Son." The role was supposed to be only a one-shot, but the character was such a hit with audiences that he was written into the show as a regular. Mayo's performance was memorable and, at times, overshadowed the show's lead characters. Unfortunately for Mayo, that success didn't translate to the inevitable spinoff show, "Grady," that aired while "Sanford and Son" itself was still in production. "Grady" got the axe after only 12 episodes and Mayo returned to the original program. He worked on another "Sanford and Son" spinoff, which aired after the show ended, called "Sanford Arms." He continued to work on various television programs over the years, mostly in small roles, but it was, not surprisingly, difficult to move away from Grady's shadow. Mayo can also be seen in small parts in the films "The Main Event," "D.C. Cab," and "Boyz n the Hood."

      Highest rated movies

      Boyz N the Hood poster Boyz N the Hood The Main Event poster
      The Main Event
      D.C. Cab poster
      D.C. Cab




      No Score Yet 60% Waterproof Sugar (Character) - 1999
      96% 93% Boyz N the Hood The Old Man (Character) $55.1M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father of Hell Town One Ball (Character) - 1985
      18% 53% D.C. Cab Mr. Rhythm (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 74% Of Mice and Men Crooks (Character) - 1981
      40% 42% The Main Event Percy (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 27% The Black Klansman Alex (Character) - 1966


      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cape Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
      No Score Yet 80% Full House Eddie Johnson (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1986-1988 1990
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Vagrant (Guest Star) 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell Town One Ball (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1983 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet 100% Sanford and Son Grady Wilson (Character) 1973-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Grady Grady Wilson (Character) 1975-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1976